THEY'VE duked it out for 26 rounds. One by one, they've fallen by the wayside - voted out by the fans for all manner of reasons. Some were done for bad form, some for injury, others for suspension and others still for simply not standing out enough on the park.
THE Bulldogs have managed to put 50 on their opponents for the second week in a row and have booked one of the top two spots (dependent on the result of the Roosters game) with a 54-10 hammering of the New Zealand Warriors at Ericsson Stadium this afternoon. Until at least 4:45pm the Dogs hold top spot and they did it with class.
NOT even rain and hail could ruin 'Freddy' Fittler's parade as the Sydney Roosters convincingly defeated the Parramatta Eels 48-10 at Aussie Stadium today. The Roosters moving up to top spot on the NRL ladder and claiming the minor premiership for the first time since 1981.
HUDDERSFIELD are poised to sign Canberra Raiders utility player Brad Drew on a two-year contract.
The 28-year-old half-back or hooker, who has also played for Parramatta, will join the Giants next season.
PENRITH Panthers CEO Shane Richardson will officially leave the club this week and start the tedious task of re-building the South Sydney Rabbitohs from next Tuesday.
MANLY are expected to announce the signing of representative forward Ben Kennedy later today.
THE Parramatta Eels are the first rugby league identity to honour the memory of rugby league journalist and broadcaster Peter Frilingos, who died suddenly last month.
LAST years champions Canterbury Bulls have lost to the ever improving Otahuhu Ellerslie 32-30 at Ericsson no 2 yesterday. After trailing 32-12 at half time, the Bulls staged a late come back only to fall two points short by the final whistle.
THE fixtures for the revamped national Rugby League Conference have been compiled. The competition, which will kick off on May 29, will be based on a 12 team provincial format with conferences in Leinster and Munster. The top two teams in each group will play off for a place in the Grand Final on August 14.
TWELVE rugby league and union clubs will converge on St Albans Centurions? Woollams ground next Sunday (16 May) to compete in a qualifying event for the second annual MX9s competition. The MX9s began last year with a successful event hosted by the Federation of Middlesex Societies and London Skolars at New River Stadium, with the Royal Engineers beating the Skolars in the final.
RESULTS of games played on Saturday, 8th May, 2004.
VB Premier League.
Newtown 42 defeated North Sydney 20 at Henson Park.
The legendary Frank Hyde was in attendance, and was in absolutely magnificent form.
Crowd: About 1500.
Newtown have won the Frank Hyde Cup for 2004.
Jim Beam Cup.
Newtown 36 defeated Ryde-Eastwood 22 at Leichhardt Oval.
Newtown went into this game down to the proverbial bone with injuries, and then losing two players for the remainder of the game with injury fifteen minutes into the game.
An amazing performance against all the odds in the best traditions of this 1908 Foundation club.
THE Brisbane Broncos have defeated the Canberra Raiders by 34-20 at Canberra Stadium today. A performance made impressive considering the Broncos had half a dozen origin players out injured.
THE Panthers centre Ryan Girdler notches up his 100th first class try for the Panthers with his team putting in a good performance against the Rabbitohs at Penrith Stadium, winning 38-4.
The only other Penrith player to have reached this milestone is Greg Alexander.
IT is with great pleasure that I announce another win to the Cronulla Sharks. It seems that these rare gems are becoming more frequent as the year progresses, which in turn means that another first grader should have his hide saved from the swinging axe of the Sharks Den Survivor.
MAY 8, 2004